Dr Michael Mosley, the man behind the 5:2 diet, Fast 800, and most recently Fast 800 Keto, is an advocate of rapid weight loss. But what should you eat once the weight is off?
After following a method which drops fat fast, Dr Michael recommends that dieters move onto a Mediterranean diet.
He calls this a “way of life”.
A Mediterranean diet consists of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and nut butters, legumes, whole grains, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy and herbs and spices.
Dr Michael once revealed: “The Mediterranean diet is widely seen as the healthiest, most nutrient rich diet on the planet.”
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The best diets are mindful, but the weight loss guru admitted that “in times of stress you may be tempted to scoff comfort food like pizza and pasta”.
He continued: “But the traditional Mediterranean diet is very different.
“It is rich in oily fish, veg, legumes and olive oil and little in the way of sugary snacks.”
Rather than chocolates or sweets, Dr Michael opts for full fat yoghurt, fruit or a handful of nuts when peckish.
Dr Michael is “a huge fan of eggs” because they “fill you up”.
But he is particular with what he pairs them with – “no toast I’m afraid”, he told the BBC.
Enjoying eggs with oily fish such as salmon, a healthy fat source such as avocado or another protein source such as chicken is preferable.
Carbohydrates are not a huge component of the Mediterranean diet but the health guru expert offered some alternatives to the nation’s favourites, white rice, pasta and bread.
He recommended swapping these out for their wholegrain counterparts, as well as eating carbohydrates that contain lots of fibre, such as vegetables, chickpeas, barley, oats, buckwheat, and rye.
“Fibre reduces the blood sugar spike, provides protection against bowel cancer and feeds the ‘good’ bacteria that live in your guts,” he explained.